Tour Options

Thank you for your interest in planning a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We offer a variety of docent-led tour options for your students and encourage you to review the options below to determine the best fit for your school and students’ needs.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s field trips are offered to schools grades 3-12. Colleges/universities, supplementary programs, non-profit groups, and youth organizations (ages 8 – 22).

All tours address Common Core Standards

Tour Option Overview:

In Our Voices (Grades 7 and above)
Become a Witness (Grades 6 and above)
Memory, Action, Community (Grades 5 and above)
Take a Stand (Grades 3 and above)
What We Carried (Grades 5 and above)

What Do You Stand For? 1936 Berlin Olympics (Grades 5 and above)

Special Exhibition (Grades 3 and above)
Legacy of Absence (Grades 3 and above)

 

In Our Voices (Grades 7+)

Explore the history of the Holocaust by taking an inquiry-based walk through our Karkomi Permanent Exhibition.  Investigate the experiences of Holocaust survivors, witnesses, resistors, and rescuers through artifacts and testimony.  Analyze the human and moral implications of individual choice, responsibility, and memory through connecting galleries and themes.  Discover what influences our decision to act as bystanders or upstanders.

Your tour may also include stops in other Museum exhibitions

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 3 hours

Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:00 (weekdays), 11:00 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 160 students maximum

Become A Witness (Grades 6+)

Best for Grade 6; recommended for Grades 7 & 8 with limited background knowledge

Learn about the power of one voice to take a stand for positive change. Explore how questions of identity, human behavior, community, and culture connect to an introductory study of the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Topics include pre-war Jewish life, the Kindertransports, and post-war immigration. This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition. It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Times: 9:45, 2:00 (weekdays), 11:30 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

Memory, Action, Community (Grades 5+)

Best for Grade 5; recommended for Grade 6 with limited background knowledge

Discover ways to become more actively involved in your local and global communities through hands-on activities in Make a Difference: The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition. Learn how identity, social responsibility, and community tie into a discussion of universal human and civil rights and introductory study of the Holocaust, including pre-war Jewish life, the Kindertransports, and post-war immigration. This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition. It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

Length: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00pm (weekdays), 11:30 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 80 students maximum

Take A Stand (Grades 3+)

Best for Grades 3 & 4

Revamped for 2014-2015! Through hands-on, interactive activities, discover what it takes to care for yourself and others, learn how to speak up for those being bullied, and understand core values of respect, compassion, justice, and citizenship. Develop the strategies and tools necessary to not only identify a problem, but also to identify and overcome any obstacles to solving that problem.  This tour option does not include the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition.

Explore the following exhibitions:

Length: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00pm (weekdays), 11:30 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size:  80 students maximum

 

Special Exhibitions

Docents add insight to these world-class special exhibitions which explore broad themes related to the mission of the Museum. The tour also includes a walk through and discussion of the Museum’s contemplative spaces and symbolic architecture.

Length: 90 minutes

Group Size:  40 student maximum

Best for Grades 3 and above, depending on exhibition

Legacy of Absence Gallery

Explore this fine art gallery which focuses on contemporary artistic responses to genocides and other atrocities with a trained docent. The tour also includes a walk through and discussion of the Museum’s contemplative spaces and symbolic architecture.

Length: 90 minutes

Group Size:  40 student maximum

Best for Grades 3 and above  

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New Special Exhibition Tours

 

What Do You Stand For? 1936 Berlin Olympics

Would you let issues of ethics impact your participation in sports? Students will explore the history of The 1936 Olympics in Berlin during the rise of Nazism and engage in discussion of ethics, human rights, and the power of one’s voice to stand up for positive change. This important story connects students to the history of individual athletes who were discriminated against for their ethnic heritage, who boycotted the games in protest, or who like Jesse Owens, competed and won, in defiance of Nazi ideology. The tour will analyze such topics of discrimination, fair play, decision making, resilience, and the right to take a stand against prejudice.

Length: 90 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00pm (weekdays), 11:30 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size:  60 student maximum

 

What We Carried

Featuring our Special Exhibition, What We Carried: Stories by Iraqi Refugees, this new tour will highlight refugees’ personal stories of life, culture, heritage, and memory, followed by an interactive activity discussing the universal plight of all refugees both past an present. Students will explore themes of displacement, resilience, freedom, and memory of those who have fled their home to make the journey to America.

 
Length: 90 minutes

Times: 11:45; 2:00; Thursdays only 5:00

Group Size: 40 students maximum

 

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